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Team USA into the quarterfinal round of Women's World Cup

 

By the time Stanford grad Christen Press entered the game, the U.S. national soccer team was in control of its 2-0 victory over Colombia in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada on Monday.

Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored in the second half to give Team USA the lead and help send the Americans into the quarterfinals against China on Friday in Ottawa at 4:30 p.m.

The Chinese beat Cameroon, 1-0, to advance. The USA is 1-0-2 all-time against China in World Cup play.

Press still managed to get a shot off during her 15 minutes and could see a little more action with key midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday to miss the next contest after receiving their second yellow cards. Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara also could see her first action.

Morgan and Lloyd each netted their first goals since they both scored at the Algarve Cup in March.

Hope Solo and the USA back line have shut out opponents for the past 333 minutes. Solo also earned her 174th cap, the most by a goalkeeper in U.S. history, surpassing Briana Scurry.

The USA dominated much of the match in the first half with a couple of good chances, but it was not until the second frame until it converted those chances to goals.

"I thought we controlled most of the ball and I had faith that at some point we would break though and we are happy to advance," American coach Jill Ellis said. "I thought we stroked the ball around pretty well at times."

In the 47th minute, the referee gave Colombia goalie Catalina Perez a red card and called a penalty kick in favor of the Americans after she took down Morgan at the top of the penalty area.

Abby Wambach's ensuing shot went wide left and the game remained scoreless until Morgan's strike six minutes later. Lloyd clinched the win with a penalty kick in the 66th minute.

Ali Krieger got off a pass that beat the defense and allowed Morgan, who was just outside the right side of the box, to collect it, run inside and send a right-footed strike toward goal.

Colombia goalkeeper Stefany CastaƱo got a hand on it but deflected it up and into the goal.

Megan Rapinoe was fouled by Angela Clavijo inside the box, giving Lloyd the opportunity to convert.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA soccer

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